Bruce Fairbairn

Inducted in 2000

Vancouver-born Bruce Fairbairn was a classically trained trumpet player and a producer of blockbuster albums. His hits include Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, which sold 20 million copies; the Aerosmith trilogy of Permanent Vacation, Pump and Get a Grip, along with the greatest hits compilation Big Ones, which sold 30 million copies; and Loverboy’s albums Loverboy, Get Lucky, Keep it Up, Lovin’ Every Minute of It, and Wildside, which sold 15 million copies.

Career Highlights


Produces Aerosmith’s Get a Grip in 1993, netting 7 million in copies sold.


Produces Aerosmith’s Pump album in 1989, which goes on to sell 7 million copies.


Nominated for the Producer of the Year JUNO Award in 1987 for Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name.”


Produces Aerosmith’s 1987 Permanent Vacation, which sells more than 5 million copies and marks their comeback.

Quick Fact

Fairbairn was known as the “king” of heavy metal producers and “the schoolteacher” for his supportive producing style.


Wins first of three Producer of the Year JUNO Awards for Prism’s 1980 album Young and Restless.

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Quick Fact

Bruce Fairbairn produces Aerosmith’s Pump album in 1989, winning the 1990 JUNO Award for Producer of the Year.